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Spotlight on Student-Faculty Collaboration


Elizabeth Hogan, PhD, associate professor of biology, is a developmental neurobiologist who combines her love of research with her love of teaching. She works closely with undergraduate students to learn more about nerve cell growth. During development and repair of the nervous system, nerve cells must grow a cellular process, called an axon, to reach and communicate with a specific target cell.

Dr. Hogan and Thomas (T.J.) Krzystek ’15 investigated whether a compound found in red wine, resveratrol, can affect nerve cell growth. Their research, which was presented by T.J. at the 2015 American Society for Cell Biology, showed that resveratrol enhanced nerve cell growth by targeting a structure within a part of the nerve called the growth cone, found at the tip of the growing nerve.

Future research in Dr. Hogan’s lab aims to evaluate whether resveratrol can be used to protect nerve cells from neurotoxins produced during Alzheimer’s disease. Inspired by his research project, T.J. will be attending a graduate PhD program beginning fall 2016 to pursue his passion for neuroscience research.  

Pictured above: A microscopic image of a growth cone, found at the end of a growing nerve cell (Red = F-actin, Green = microtubules).

Submitted by: Sara Morris, associate vice president, academic affairs

Planning to Retire?

Canisius College’s Celebration of Service Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The college would like to honor those faculty and staff members who will be retiring.

If you are planning to retire from Canisius College in 2016, either before or after the April ceremony, please contact Kathleen Kelly in human resources at or at Ext. 2240.

Thank you.

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, human resources and compliance

Technology for Teaching and Research

This semester, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn about new technologies to support your courses and scholarship. Sign up for one of Mark Gallimore’s workshops here, where you can learn to use Desire2Learn, Google Drive (and Apps), Online Surveying and Microsoft Excel.

The Academic Computing Advisory Committee (ACAC) will hold its first meeting of 2016 on Wednesday, February 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the President’s Board Room. Future meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month during the fall and spring semesters.

ACAC consists of faculty, ITS administrators and others interested in technology for teaching and learning. Faculty and staff from all academic departments and programs are encouraged to participate. Meeting attendees do not need to be ACAC members! Participants discuss campus information technology issues and investigate possibilities for supporting academics with digital tools and web resources. Charles Wigley, PhD, professor of communication studies, serves as chair of the ACAC.

Join us for an enjoyable and productive discussion!

 Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist